8
Mar

International Women’s Day : Being Bold At Virtalent

In honour of International Women’s Day and the call to #BeBoldForChange to help forge a better working world, we thought we would do our own reflection on the amazing talent that we have here at Virtalent. The majority of our workforce at Virtalent is female and there isn’t any particular reason why this is the case, perhaps more due to

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17
Oct

The Fight for the Presidency: Trump vs Clinton

Unless you have been hiding in a box recently, you will be aware that the US presidential election is now reaching its conclusion and Americans will be going to the ballot in November. “Trump vs Clinton” will finally be decided. The contest has been fairly divisive so far, both during the nomination period and now the main event is in

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23
Jul

Brexit for Small Businesses: One Month On

One of the biggest concerns of the Brexit vote was how it would affect businesses, particularly SMEs. With the pound falling against the dollar and the potential for months, if not years of uncertainty ahead, you could be forgiven for thinking that it was all doom and gloom. We’ve seen a change of PM with David Cameron resigning and Theresa May taking

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1
Jul

☆☆☆ Happy Birthday Virtalent! ☆☆☆

Today marks two years since Ellie and I launched Virtalent. What a journey! From the highs to the lows, life as an “entrepreneur” is certainly challenging, but I would not change it for the world. Of course, hitting these types of milestones are a cause for celebration, but I can’t help but feel reflective. It is commonly accepted that most companies fail in their

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30
Sep

Birmingham Retail is Making Waves in 2015

The team here at Virtalent are all really proud to be based in Birmingham, a city which has been seen by many in quite a negative light over the past few decades following the decline of much of the manufacturing industry on which the city was built. Fortunately, 2015 really has been a fantastic year for the city. We’re well

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3
Jul

NEWS: Virtalent Featured in the Sunday Times

The two Founders of Virtalent, Sam Wilson and Ellie Bekalo, were interviewed by The Sunday Times. Below you can read the original article by the Small Business Editor, Kiki Loizou, published on 28th June 2015. Here’s the official release: “It was a hot July afternoon in Birmingham. Graduation day loomed, and friends Ellie Bekalo and Sam Wilson mulled over their

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12
Apr

NEWS: Entrepreneurs Use Talent Pool to Make Waves in Business Support

It is fantastic to see Virtalent featured in Midlands Business News talking about how our Virtual Assistants help entrepreneurs and professionals. Here’s the official press release: “Two enterprising minds have set up a company which provides virtual work support for busy entrepreneurs and professionals. Virtalent gives clients access to a flexible, virtual workforce without having to employ extra staff as they grow

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31
Mar

NEWS: Whirlwind Start for Two Entrepreneurs

Virtalent have been featured in Midlands Business News following their start at new business accelerator Entrepreneurial Spark. Here’s the official press release: “A business which provides virtual assistants to start-up companies has had a whirlwind start after securing its first customers and moving to new premises. Ellie Bekalo and Sam Wilson set-up Virtalent to offer online virtual assistant services to

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10
Feb

Entrepreneurial Spark Accelerator Hits Birmingham

Press release: “On Monday 9th February, Entrepreneurial Spark opened its doors to 80 new businesses at St Philips Place in Birmingham City Centre. Last year, NatWest and RBS announced their support for a multi-million pound support package for entrepreneurs across the UK, through which businesses receive free office space, business support, access to mentors and top tier expertise for the

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15
Jan

Birmingham’s Silicon Canal – Growing a Start-up Scene

As the UK’s second city, Birmingham has really put itself on the map in the last few years. After the financial crisis that started in 2008, Entrepreneurs took 2014 as the year to step into the limelight and launch their businesses more confidently than ever before. It seems that Birmingham’s Silicon Canal is the ideal place to do this. What

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